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The inverted nunim derive from the Greek scribal signs antisigma (ἀντίσιγμα) and diple (διπλῆ) which appear in Alexandrian papyri and in Qumran manuscripts. Here they are often used to indicate a verse or sentence in the wrong place. Sifre to Num. 10:35 explains that there are dots on words in Numbers 10:35-6 to indicate that the verse is in its wrong place....


Rashi explains that it is a reference to the beraita quoted in Rosh HaShanah 32a, which derives the content of the first three blessings of the amidah from the opening words of Tehillim 29.

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